NSSE, National Survey of Student Engagement, has completed a new way to score colleges based on five ‘benchmark’ categories: level of academic challenge, active and collaborative learning, student-faculty interaction, enriching educational experiences and supportive campus environment. Research indicates that these activities, while not direct measures of learning, are associated with student success. The benefit this survey has for college-bound students is to help them evaluate whether a campus truly offers the type of experiences and opportunities that benefit students.
Many of the popular ranking systems focus on things such as incoming freshman’s SAT/ACT scores, or the party reputation of the college. The survey that NSSE has produced, gauges that quality of the student’s education by looking at how actively the students are involved in their studies, professors and campus community. It has been determined that the more engaged students are, the more likely they are to learn.
Students, parents and counselors should bear in mind that the NSSE scores should be used as just one tool in an assortment of other assessment tools. No single assessment tool can give you all the information you need to know to evaluate a school. But NSSE director George Kuh states, “Almost everyone agrees that (NSEE) focuses on activities that help students develop the habits of the mind that they need to survive and thrive during and after college.”
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Search for a school to reveal NSSE survey results
USA Today Article, “Beyond rankings: A new way to look for a college”
NSSE Annual Report